Monday, October 22, 2018

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden

A Fine Gentleman by Sarah M. Eden

C 2017 Covenant Communications
Book 5 in the Jonquil Family Series

Let’s begin with the summary:

London barrister Jason Jonquil has spent his entire life working to establish his identity as a gentleman, a man of refinement like his father and brothers. But when fiery Spanish beauty Mariposa Thornton walks into his office, he finds himself losing his grasp on his dignified character. The woman is infuriating, pushing him to the limit of his legendary patience. However, her case seems simple enough—a small matter of inheritance. Or so he believes.

Once a well-born lady, Mariposa fought to survive the brutalities of Napoleon’s war on Spain. She braved horrific perils and undertook dangerous missions on behalf of those fighting against the invading French army. But her greatest battle still lies ahead: after being separated from her family, Mariposa sets in motion a plan to reunite with her loved ones in England. To avoid drawing the attention of the French, Mariposa dons a carefully crafted persona to conceal her true purpose. 

As Jason and Mariposa are drawn together by the case, they come to know the people beneath the masks they both wear. When the truth of Mariposa’s quest is revealed, the couple is pulled into a mystery that will test the limits of their courage—and expose the true desire of their hearts.

And now, my review:

Having not read the earlier books in this series, I was at a loss at times as I read. However, the story hooked me right away and the humor! I laughed aloud several times reading this book. 

Of course the whole of the story isn’t so lighthearted that there are no valuable moments. 

I loved how noble the hero was—which is fitting, given the title. The heroine was an interesting character. I’m guessing she appears in earlier novels in this five-book series, so I think reading of her there would help understand her here. The mix of Spanish in the dialogue was fun to try to decipher;  I love languages.

As I mentioned, this is book five in the Jonquil Family series by this same author. I recommend reading them in order. (I did not.) That way, you won't be lost.

Such an enjoyable book, and a fast read as this was a short novel.


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